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Mobilizing Open Source: Intel, Nokia Dish on MeeGo's Progress

Apr 15, 2010, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"Intel and Nokia are two of the largest tech companies on the planet, but when it comes to developing a new mobile operating system, they've opted to not just team up, but to enlist the legions of open source developers out there. And in the process, they've learned a great deal about interacting with the larger open source community.

"The two companies' goal is to press forward on MeeGo, the joint project resulting from Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and Nokia's (NYSE: NOK) move to combine their respective mobile Linux efforts. Even before they joined forces earlier this year, Intel and Nokia have been working closely with a number of high-profile open source projects -- putting the two in prime position to share some insight on productizing open source.

"During a pair of sessions at this week's Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, Intel and Nokia executives provided some insight into where MeeGo might be going and talked a bit about what's necessary in being successful in open source and Linux.

"There is nothing secret about the secret sauce. You have to first understand where we come from at Intel in how we deal with software," Imad Sousou, director of Intel's open source technology center, said. "One of the primary drivers is that when somebody uses a piece of software, we want them to have the best experience using that software on Intel platforms.""

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